big TEC plans
- Well my TEC160 ED has made its way to Italy now and is awaiting
customs clearing. Astromart (again) made the sale quick and easy and
So... last week I ordered a TEC200 ED/9 and lets just say my overall
productivity has suffered greatly since then, as I'm just about
short circuited with excitement of the planetary views to come : )
bzzzzzzt!! bzzzttt!!! What was I talking about? Oh yeah. There
aren't a lot of 200/9 observing reports out there, but what there
are -- wow. I think going into this with very
high expectations would be safe here. And to imagine watching the
next Jupiter apparition with this big TEC. Pinch me!
I am putting the scope into an observatory which is 10 feet wide at
its narrowest (E-W), I think its going to be a close fit when
observing in those directions. To get the EP up, and the wall
clearance up, I might follow some of the 200/9 owners here and get
another set of tube rings to run a weight rail on. I'll probably
have my saddle up around 7ft.
I was also thinking about getting a (potentially 3rd) tube ring and
putting it right down by the focuser end with a couple nice handles
bolted on for swinging the tube around. (Not sure if TEC sells
SINGLE tube rings...) Maybe I could be clever and do the handle &
weight-rail with just two tube rings.
Shipping around ?December 10 or 15? Anacortes said 2-3 weeks from
It's getting down well below freezing here. My TEC160ED never
objected to subzero, hopefully the 200ED will be as willing. I have
read that the 200ED has a temp. compensating cell, but I couldn't
tell if this cell is more sophisticated or different in design than
Eight inches of aperture with 1800mm of reach... if I
don't post back with a first light report, send that fluffy dog with
the keg of whiskey on his collar.
- Ooo ouch, thanks for the heads up, errm, so to speak.Perhaps a sacrificial racquetball will be in order, stuffed over the dangerousshaft. I do tend to find things with my scalp eventually. That is a very interestingobservatory you have. It looks like you could disassemble and transport it insmall pieces if you chose.Hopefully it will warm up before the TEC200 arrives. It is almost -18F right nowand I spent most of 2007 losing over 50 pounds of fat. I think I have a clue whyI wasn't complaining about the low temps at times other people were... I amthinking the new Mike will need to replace those missing layers with somesynthetic layers in order to cope with the cold as I previously did. I read onsome forum recently there is no such thing as inclement weather, onlyinadequate dress. Still I tend to bring the telescopes in at these temps anyway.Mike
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of jdma926
Sent: Wednesday, December 19, 2007 5:47 AM
Subject: [tec-scopes] Re: big TEC plans
Hey Mike - Congrats on the scope...you are going to LOVE it!
It looks like I did more or less the same thing as you're planning
(except for AP plate, I'm using a Losmandy dovetail since I still put
the C14 onto the mount)...see my photos in "John's APO 200ED".
One note of caution...after I parked the scope one night, I stood up
in the wrong place after straightening up some things on the
floor...and hit my head on the threaded shaft of the DWS. My wife
didn't like the blood! :-) But, a small price to pay for some
--- In tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com, "Mike C" <mike@...> wrote:
>someone at Losmandy who was very unsure of that, and
> I talked to
> the big threaded shaft for the DWS weights (the weights themselvesare
> threaded) wouldplatform. So I decided to just
> not attach to my current slider
> DWS with itsincluded
> 5 lb weight, and an extra 5 lb weight from Anacortes.Anacortes website
> My online-buyer- bucks from buying the TEC200ED through the
> paid for theleft over! (OK so a little plug for
> stuff : ) : ) and I have some
> there - but I'mfeeling
> pretty jazzed about them right now. )Clemens
>From: tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com [mailto:tec-
scopes@yahoogroups. com] On
> Behalf Of CarlPM
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 5:35
>Subject: Re: [tec-scopes] Re: big TEC plans
>SS shafts? I need
> Were they able to just ship you the weights and
to do the
> same thing, I emailed them and askedthem about the prices for the
> and SS shafts as well, thanksMike.
> ----- Original
> From: Mike C <mailto:mike@ ...>tec-scopes@yahoogro <mailto:tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com> ups.com
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 8:17 PM[tec-scopes] Re: big TEC plans
> Subject: RE:
>THANKS, ! again ! you two.
>the way now.
> I have every single part required on
> Mounted & balanced, adjustable weights near
> eyepiece end. Perfection.tec-scopes@yahoogro <mailto:tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com>
> Mike Clemens
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 1:19 PMtec-scopes@yahoogro <mailto:tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com> ups.com
http://www.losmandy .com/secondary. html>
>shows to have a 5 lb. weight.
> Look under the part number DWS it
> already have the slider, as yousaid you do, call losmandy and ask
> the weight and SS shaftto screw into the slider that you already
> don't believe theywould ask you to pay for the entire setup if all
> is theweight.
>tec-scopes@yahoogro <mailto:tec-scopes@yahoogro ups.com> ups.com
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: pandrolmb@aol. <mailto:pandrolmb@ ...> com
> Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2007 3:56 PM[tec-scopes] Re: big TEC plans
> Subject: Re:
>the "scooter" ;-).
> Losmandy used to sell threaded weights for that stud on
> I believe that they still do. Get the biggestones that he has (5
> the very least) or sliding 12" won't havemuch impact at the back
> When I want to raise the tube, I usetwo 5 lbs weights (5 each, top
> bottom) of the 3rd ring.Mark
> STEADY skies!
> We can HOPE anyway ;-)
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